So does she like them or not?
Every time we at Inspire receive the latest article from our 25 year old female expat guest writer we hold our breath in anticipation of who she may offend this time. So we were a little relieved to see the topic this time as being a ‘Thai Market’. Surely she can do no wrong with this subject..?
Since my departure from the UK, I’ve seen a considerable amount of interesting markets around the world, but nothing compares to the markets in Thailand. Personally, I feel the best way to submerge myself into a culture is by visiting the local markets. They really are everywhere in Thailand and I can’t get enough of them!!
Markets are a fantastic way to sample local cuisine. Not forgetting the fact that you are definitely going to strike a good deal along the way! If you’re into Thai street food, Thepprasit Night Market has some of the best street food in Pattaya, trust me it never disappoints!
I have been a frequent visitor to this market ever since my arrival, therefore I have developed a rapport with various vendors, many of which have sold here for generations, they tell me. I was also informed that it is the largest Night Market that Patts has to offer and I certainly agree.
The food court section of this market offers a wide extensive range of local cuisine. Certain vendors are now producing various international dishes, due to the popularity of the market amongst Thais’ as well as foreigners. The majority of your weekly shopping can be accomplished in only a few short hours. It is almost certain that you will purchase something else which wasn’t on your original ‘list’, that’s the magic of the market!!
Vendors here sell everything from, knockoff designer shirts to aromatherapy oils, various teas and exotic fruits. Talking of fruits, Durian must be the only Thai fruit that I haven’t got to grips with. This so called ‘king of fruits’ is available year-round in Thailand, but from mid April – mid June is Durians high season so to speak, consequently were are only going to see more of this fruit, yak!!!!
Even though Thepprasit market is not even remotely close to the size scale of the likes of Chatuchak market in Bangkok, you can still easily lose yourself especially in the clothing section. Note: Ladies, be sure to check out the 50baht clothing stall, H&M/Forever 21, guaranteed to find a bargain!!
The night market is also a great location to socialise!! Habitually, my girlfriends and I will meet up for dinner, accompanied with a side dish of the latest gossip of course!! Subsequently followed by a market crawl to bargain hunt, let’s face it girls it’s kind of illegal not to browse/purchase if it’s on offer!!
Even if you’re not a shopper, Thai markets are a definite cultural adventure that you shouldn’t pass!!
Till next time work hard and play harder, T x
Opening hours – Every Friday/Saturday/Sunday Night – 6:00pm till late
Location – Thepprasit Road (close to Sukhumvit Road, 300m approx)
How to get there – White/Light Blue baht buses run along Sukhumvit Road. 10baht. Get off, where Sukhumvit Roads meets the top of Thepprasit road (look out for Tesco Lotus/Outlet Mall). Walk 5 minutes walk down Thepprasit Road